Match.com is one of the most popular online dating sites available on the Internet. Sign up to the site itself is free. With a free subscription you are able to post a photograph of yourself and a small profile about your interests as well as what you are looking for. There are several different surveys you can fill out about your personal interests that will help better match you with people.
Once you have set up a profile you can search through the gigantic database of singles on match.com to find people that you are interested in. If you find a potential match you can send that person a "wink' letting them know that you are interested, or you can send them an email if you have purchased a paid subscription to match.com's service.
You can also set your account up to send you an email weekly or daily with potential dating matches, making it so you don't have to log in and sort through the site each day to see who is new to the site, and who you might potentially be interested in.
Match.com, like most dating sites makes it impossible for you to communicate with someone without first purchasing a subscription to their site. Paid subscriptions do come with quite a few perks. In addition to having the ability to email other users you can also use the sites chat and instant messenger functions.
Founded by a doctor who uses 'scientific research" to match people, Eharmony is one of the most expensive, if not the most expensive dating site on the web. With that cost you get two things however. The first, a site full of people who are serious about online dating, the casual person generally will not shell out the big bucks for a dating site. You also get a site that is designed pretty well, and will try to legitimately match you with people you have the potential to be compatible with long term
There is a huge personality profile section you fill out once you first sign up for eHarmony. After your profile is complete, you are matched with people who meet certain criteria you are looking for. There are four different stages on the site that allows you to progress slowly with people you meet. The first section allows you to ask people multiple-choice questions about their lifestyle and beliefs. You will get to know a lot about a person before you ever send the first email or make a phone call to them, much less meet them.
Not for the casual dater, eHarmony is a great place to go when you are serious about finding a serious relationship with someone you are compatible with.
If you are looking for a casual relationship, then ok cupid may be for you. The free online dating site doesn't even require you to be single to join it. On the site you can put up a picture and a profile and search through other singles on the site looking for someone you would like to meet. There are also hundreds of different quizzes on the site such as "How Kinky Are You" and "What is you IQ" So it can be a great place to just pass some time and take some fun quizzes while you are on the look for love.